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11/21/2017

Businesses in Arkansas are partnering with the Northwest Technical Institute's Business and Industry Training Center to teach their workers how to repair and maintain industrial machinery. Eight recent graduates will work at a local meat-processing plant.

11/21/2017

A revived manufacturing sector could give the US economy a $530 billion boost, according to a report from the McKinsey Global Institute. The report suggests the US could expand the manufacturing sector by using new technologies, focusing on digital and online functions, and using automation.

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11/20/2017

A Wisconsin high school's fabrication laboratory is allowing students to put what they learn in engineering class into hands-on projects. A recent project involved students using VEX Robotics kits to build a hydrogen-powered vehicle that is about the size of a shoebox.

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11/20/2017

High-school students in North Carolina recently completed the painting, welding and electrical wiring on two utility trailers. The trailers will be sold and the money will go back into career and technical education programs to build additional trailers.

11/20/2017

Chloroquine has been extremely effective as a treatment for malaria for many decades, and now researchers have discovered it could be useful in treating and preventing Zika virus infections. The study findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

11/20/2017

The sun's 11-year activity cycle suggests that its quiet periods are consistent even though its periods of high activity can vary in intensity, according to findings published in The Astrophysical Journal. Researchers have charted solar activity for 60 years.

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11/20/2017

A proposal to spray aerosols into the sky above the Northern and Southern Hemispheres could help mitigate hurricane severity and cool the planet, but it could also exacerbate drought conditions in the Sahel region of Africa, according to a study published in Nature Communications. "Geoengineering regionally and unilaterally could have dire consequences for other parts of the planet," said Anthony Jones, an author of the study.

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11/20/2017

The rough terrain deep beneath the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica may help slow its retreat, according to new radar images. "Where we see these large hills and these other rough features -- that's where we may see the retreat slowed if not stemmed," said Rob Bingham, lead author of the study published in Nature Communications.

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11/20/2017

New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine has received a $4 million grant from the NIH to study the effects of diet on the risk for Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive ailments. "Our aim is to study the effects of an appetizing, healthy diet known as the Multicultural Healthy Diet that is easily accessible and that has the potential to improve brain function," said study leader Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani.

11/20/2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to Purdue University to create parasite-resistant grain seed hybrids. Researchers will continue developing hybrid seeds that can resist parasite weeds that remove nutrients from food sources.